Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 04, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush's supreme duty

In the instant that President Bush received word that there would be a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, he morphed from a president facing sagging poll numbers and a languid and unpredictable summer to one who is about to make one of the most important decisions of his presidency, highlighting issues that animate his base and absorb the attention of the nation. [Page 1a]

States fight Medicare payments

States are resisting a provision of the Medicare law that requires them to pay billions of dollars a year to the federal government to help finance the new Medicare drug benefit. [Page 3a]

Federal AIDS agency troubled

The government's AIDS research agency is a troubled organization and its managers have engaged in unnecessary feuding, sexually explicit language and other inappropriate conduct that hampers its global fight against the disease, an internal review found. [Page 6a]

WORLD

1 missing Navy SEAL found alive

One member of a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance team has been rescued after his group was reported missing in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan last week, a senior Defense Department official said yesterday. Pentagon and military officials declined to release details of the rescue until the status of the three missing members of the team could be determined. [Page 1a]

Egyptian diplomat taken in Iraq

Egypt's top diplomat in Iraq, who was to be the first ambassador from an Arab nation there, was missing yesterday after apparently being abducted near his home, authorities said. [Page 7a]

Smear campaign charge by Iran

Iran yesterday alleged a U.S. and Israeli smear campaign against its president-elect and warned Europe, which is in nuclear talks with Tehran, not to join in the mudslinging. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

No `eminent' plans in Balto. Co.

Although the Supreme Court has affirmed government's right to seize private property for economic revitalization, Baltimore County officials say they have no intention of using eminent domain to further their community redevelopment efforts. [Page 1b]

Towson Commons at crossroads

The Towson Commons shopping complex, considered the anchor of Towson's downtown retail district, appears to be at a crossroads. About 40 percent of its 100,000 square feet for restaurants and stores lies vacant, and if its owner doesn't approve a costly redevelopment, the complex might convert the empty space to offices, according to the county councilman who represents the area. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Wealth of wartime letters

"I feel these letters capture history," says Andy Carroll, a self-described "accidental historian," who is on a 50-city promotional tour for Behind the Lines - a compilation of some 200 of the best pieces of writing he found from soldiers and civilians spanning all of the United States' wars. [Page 1c]

A super court battle

It all began when Fox announced plans to release X3, the third installment in its blockbuster comic-book-superheroes action series X-Men, on May 26, 2006. Sony decided to put Zoom, its own comic-book-superheroes movie in theaters May 12. Now, Fox and Marvel Enterprises, the creator of the X-Men comic books, have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Zoom infringes on the copyrights of X-Men, a franchise that has grossed $700 million worldwide. Fox's legal assault against a rival movie studio for copyright infringement is rare, experts say. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

4 Orioles named to All-Star Game

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Miguel Tejada were voted in as American League starters for the All-Star Game. Closer B.J. Ryan and third baseman Melvin Mora were also selected to the team in voting through players, coaches and managers, giving the club more than one representative for the first time since 1999. [Page 1d]

Indians win series against O's

The Cleveland Indians used a five-run first inning against Sidney Ponson to defeat the Orioles, 9-4. Brian Roberts hit a home run and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who lost three of four to the Indians. [Page 1d]

Federer wins 3rd Wimbledon

Putting on an awesome display of grass-court prowess, Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick, 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to win the Wimbledon men's tennis championship. Federer became the third man since 1936 to win the coveted title three years in a row. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

CELEBRATIONS GALORE

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's very cost ineffective if we're running people all over town in areas where people aren't using the boxes. Like any other business, we're looking for ways to streamline our processes ... "

Kathleen Adams, Postal Service customer relations coordinator, explain- ing plans to remove 120 mailboxes (Article, 1A)

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